A thematic analysis of the organisational influences on digitalisation in construction firms

Zulu, Sambo Lyson, Saad, Ali, Ajayi, Saheed, Unuigbe, Maria orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7199-4303 and Dulaimi, Mohammed (2023) A thematic analysis of the organisational influences on digitalisation in construction firms. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology . ISSN 1726-0531

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-10-2022-0513


Due to the practical complexity and fragmented nature of the construction industry, digitalisation, like other innovations, is not easily achieved. This study aims to explore organisational influences on digitalisation within construction firms.

The study uses structured open-ended questions as a data collection tool for a qualitative investigation. The qualitative approach enabled participants to express their inputs and maximise the diversity of data, offering new insights and discussions that are distinct from previous works.

Construction professionals from 22 organisations provided their perspectives on digital transformation and their organisations. Under four constructs – structure, culture, leadership and internal processes, findings uncovered 16 determinants critical to digitalisation in construction firms. The study offers a theoretical perspective supported by empirical data to explore the complex dynamics and internal interactions of organisational influence on the uptake of digitalisation in the construction industry.

This paper offers arguments from a theoretical lens by applying the organisational influence model and capturing the variables under each construct in an exploratory manner to highlight the reasoning behind the low digital uptake in construction firms. This research aids academia and practice on the pressure points responsible for enhancing, or undermining, digital uptake in construction firms at an organisational level.

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